what i thought was going to be a photo shoot was actually a video shoot for motion clipart. dressed in an appropriate attire standing in front of a corresponding backdrop, you were suppose to convey some sort of emotion or action. my action was stroking my beard as the camera panned down, and also a bewildered shrug. it wasn't my best night emoting, i could've done better. but standing up there with all the big camera equipment and the lights and the backdrop, i definitely got a little nervous. for the second round, one guy got dressed as a paramedic while another changed into a chef's outfit. there was a table of props and costumes, and a whole clothes rack of different outfits. right there in that room was a halloween party waiting to happen, my friend. another girl came in (sexy black girl, her role was obvious), probably the last one, as our group was the last group of the day, everyone besides the talent having been there since this morning managing the shoot. my outfit was a change of glasses and i put on a slightly oversized shortsleeved blue shirt. there was a struggle as to whether i should be bearing a baseball cap, the ones that we had all had logos on them, the talent coordinator wanted me to go with the hat, the director said no. my action (i was supose to be the internet guy) was a camera zoom on my profile as i turned to give a satisfied smile, or maybe an arrogant smirk. i think it could've been better, once again, some butterflies. i think if they wanted me to be angry or serious, i'm very good at conveying those emotions, but spontaneous gaiety, there isn't a switch that you can just turn off and on. so like that it was over, and after saying good bye to some people, i left.
it wasn't the crazy glitzy high fashion world of modeling i had imagined. i was thinking i'd be in a forest of tall professional model types, totally out of my elements, floundering in my awkwardness. the talent was mixed, some people looked like everyday people, others you could sort of see that they might have it a little bit together than your average person. there was a lot of waiting, waiting for them to shoot someone, waiting for them to set up the equipment. people sat around, reading magazines, or watching the crew work. there was a table of snacks, but i went there after dinner so i wasn't hungry. definitely interesting. it would've been cool just to come visit and not even be in the actual shoots.